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About the Author

Vonhof's advice comes from his own experience as well as from numerous foot experts and ultramarathoners who know what works for them. For each problem, numerous solutions are offered. There is no one best solution - different treatments work for different feet. Clear diagrams, photos, and charts demonstrate foot maladies and treatment techniques. This comprehensive resource covers the full gamut of footwear basics, prevention, and treatments. If it can happen to a foot, it's covered in this book. An avid runner and fastpacker for more than 27 years, John Vonhof treats athletes' feet during ultramarathons and adventure races. He combines the technical training of his work as a paramedic, orthopedic technician, and emergency-room technician with his passion to help athletes with their foot problems. John has travelled world-wide to train athletes, their crews, and medical personnel about proper foot-care techniques.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press; Fifth Edition edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899976387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899976389
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Vonhof writes nonfiction books on a variety of interesting subjects. His topics range from books for the church, about feet, book marketing, niche writing, and more.

Yes - feet! He laughs when talking about the success of his popular Fixing Your Feet (5th edition 2011) that has presented opportunities to do presentations and travel, and work at races worldwide. In addition to writing his Fixing Your Feet blog, John has done presentations at running and sports stores, written articles about feet, and patched feet at many races. He has trained medical and non medical personnel in foot care techniques, skills and equipment; led pre-event foot care clinics; and provided articles related to foot care for participants. Events worked include the Amazon Jungle Marathon in Brazil, Primal Quest Adventure Races, the Costa Rica Coastal Challenge, Racing the Planet Chile, BC Canada's Raid the North Extreme, the Gold Rush Adventure Races, the TransRockies in Colorado, Death Valley's Badwater, Western States Endurance Run, the Susan G. Koman 3-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, the two-day Avon Breast Cancer Walk, and more.

Active in his church, John has experience on Pastoral Search Teams, which led his to write about the pastoral search process (The Pastoral Search Journey, 2nd edition 2012). He has other works in progress related to church life. Through teaching at writers' conferences, John has authored several self-published books about book marketing and niche writing. Writing and it's related endeavors are a huge part of his life.

John and his wife, and their happy cocker live in California's Central Valley. John is the owner of Footwork Publications and is always looking for new ideas to develop to help others.

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Plantar fasciitis laid me up for 6 weeks before I bought this book. I am skeptical about "cures in a book". What I found here is a compilation of common sense and collective knowledge regarding the health of your feet. For a runner, foot health is critical.

Having read the criticism of this book, I still ordered it. To me searching the web and tying to separate the solid info from the "stuff" is not for me. I am not willing to experiment on myself to save a buck. The author answered questions I had not thought to ask and I would never have found that information on my own. The info in this book has been vetted by the author and his sources. It has helped me establish a plan that has got me running again and that is worth a great deal to me.

The bottom line is that I found it useful for more than my PF. If you're looking for an instant cure, it doesn't exist. If you're looking for information and a number of suggestions for both prevention and cure, this book is worth considering. I am back to running with only an echo of the pain that kept me out of my running shoes for over three horrible months. I walk normally now and am able to run to recover a great deal of my condition.
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I picked this book up for some advice on buying new shoes and ended by reading most of the book even though I am not a runner or marathon hiker. Just an ordinary person who walks daily, does some trail hiking, occasional mountain hike -- and does not want to stop doing that. I'm approaching my 70th year and started having changes in what my feet would tolerate over the past year.

John Vonhof's book is stunningly good in my opinion. Well enough written to keep one's attention and to change one's basic attitude towards feet and foot care -- that second item is the most important part of the book. Treat your feet like you would want to be treated yourself, with the utmost care and attention to small detail, and they will serve you well -- not only on a punishing run, but also in old age (which is a bit of an endurance contest in itself, the same principles apply)

The writer seems to have a calling to look after athlete's feet, and he's done plenty of it. He puts me in mind of those unsung heroes, wartime medics who spent most of their time looking after soldier's feet.
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Ok. It's a book about feet. I know.
But if you run, and have ever struggled with blisters, strains, or sprains - than you have to read this book. Well worth your time to learn some good foot care techniques. More attention could have been spent on foot types / shoe choice, and foot strengthening & stretches - but still a worthy read.
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I bought this book to help trouble shoot a specific problem that happened after getting new running shoes. The book is the experiences of many runners with differing degrees of difficulties and histories. I was able to get some simple sound advice for the immediate problem and have solutions and foresight for other issues. When you run on different surfaces or engage in other demanding activities, your feet are front and center. This guide really helps with practical experience. It is like having a best friend for your feet!
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Wow! What an over rated book. Yes, it has lots of useful information repeated over and over with endless introductions, reintroduction, restatements, quotes, anecdotes and annotations. If the book were well edited it would be 25% of it's current size, with the same amount of information more clearly presented. I found it extremely painful to wade through to get the actual useful information which was then presented.

The information provided is well worth having for anyone dealing sport related foot issues. But, don't expect to be able to apply all the techniques and remedies discussed because the instructions and diagrams are often inadequate while the quotes and anecdotes and endlessly repeated.

If you are looking for an annotated list of athletic tape brands, foot bed manufacturers and foot cream formulators, the author has done a good job of quoting all the marketing hype from more resources than I ever imagined existed, with some, but very few insightful evaluations of the listed products.

I would have found this book much more useful if the author would have chosen focus the text on providing his excellent direct knowledge and less on endless quotes and anecdotes from other trainers, athletes, product marketing writers etc.

Yes, buy the book, but don't have high hopes of quickly finding solutions to any issues you may be specifically interested in, don't expect the solutions to be clearly presented, and don't expect a robust medical or scientific assessment of the efficacy of the treatments discussed.
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Having suffered with my feet for the last two years and trying everything under the sun, I decided to give this book a shot off the recommendation from my brother.

Now the book did not really help me with my condition and I am still suffering through it and working on it, however it did give me a small wealth of knowledge on foot care and how to fix ailments/injuries/etc.

I would definitely recommend this book for fixing ailments from hiking, walking, running, etc, however for anything serious I would suggest reading the book and using the information to consult physiotherapist/doctor and determine a plan to get your feet back to normal.
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